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Presidential Recordings

The Presidential Recordings Collection is made up of two distinct types of presidential speech: public speeches made by U.S. Presidents and secret recordings made in the White House between 1940 and 1973.

Many of the recordings originate from the National Archives and the individual presidential libraries that fall under the National Archives. Digital copies of the recordings have been provided by the Scripps Library at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. The Miller Center is a nonpartisan research center at the University of Virginia whose focus is the American presidency.

There are also now a number of old and new presidential recordings provided by Internet Archive users.

Finding aids exist for the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon secret White House recordings. The Scripps Library has developed a webpage with detailed information on how to access and use these finding aids.

For additional information about the Miller Center recordings, please visit the Scripps Library's website.

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Title
Date Archived
Creator
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
46,291
12
10
"The President and the Press" American Newspaper Publishers Association. Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, NY.
( 10 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
30,664
6
2
John F. Kennedy Dictabelt Recording. Please refer to the John F. Kennedy Dictabelt finding aid for more information.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by The White House
29,455
8
3
The audio from John Fitzgerald Kennedy's 1961 Inaugural Address. This is the speech with the famous quote "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."
( 3 reviews )
Topic: Speeches
Source: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
25,829
0
1
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
22,431
6
4
Establishing the goal of sending a man to the moon. U.S. Capitol. Washington, DC.
( 4 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
20,628
3
2
"Ich bin ein Berliner" speech. Berlin, Germany.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Press Conference
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
17,446
3
1
John F. Kennedy Dictabelt Recording. Please refer to the John F. Kennedy Dictabelt finding aid for more information.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
17,168
0
3
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording
( 3 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by The White House
16,946
5
8
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asks Congress to declare war on Japan in a joint session of congress one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
( 8 reviews )
Topic: On the Occasion of National Events
Source: Nothwestern University
Presidential Recordings
by The White House
15,330
2
14
Statement by President George W. Bush in His Address to the Nation September 11, 2001.
( 14 reviews )
Topic: On the Occasion of National Events
Source: The White House
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
14,378
0
1
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
13,916
0
1
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording. Tape 4 of December 1963.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
9,755
0
1
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording. Tape 6 of February 1964.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Nixon press conference on March 24, 1972. The press conference opens with a question about the suspension of Paris Peace talks to end the Vietnam War. Nixon maitains that the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong are not serious in negiotiations and using them for propaganda purposes. Other topics discussed include desegregation, the ITT scandal and inflation. From the Nixon Presidential holdings at the National Archives, identifier P-720312.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Presidential Recordings
Source: Open audio reel
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
9,241
2
2
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
9,158
2
5
Commencement Address at American University. John M. Reeves Athletic Field, American University. Washington, DC.
( 5 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
8,954
7
2
Inaugural Address. Washington, DC.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
8,387
0
4
Franklin D. Roosevelt Office Conversation. A. Philip Randolph, the leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (the first African-American labor union) discusses the issue of African-Americans in the military with Roosevelt. Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy, is also included in the meeting.
( 4 reviews )
Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
8,048
0
1
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by Dwight D. Eisenhower
8,019
2
2
Dwight D. Eisenhower speech, January 17, 1961. Farwell Address.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Source: Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
7,711
4
5
Address to the American People on Civil Rights. Oval Office, Washington, DC.
( 5 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
7,644
3
1
Address to American People on the Soviet Arms Buildup in Cuba. Oval Office. Washington, DC.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
7,559
5
3
Address at the Mormon Tabernacle. Salt Lake City, UT.
( 3 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
7,505
1
1
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
7,328
0
2
Telephone conversation between Roosevelt and his Secretary of State, Cordell Hull. Only Roosevelt's side of the conversation is recorded. The men discuss the growing foreign policy conflict with Japan.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
President George W. Bush Addresses a Joint Session of Congress and the American People a little over a week after 9/11 followed by Press Questions.
( 4 reviews )
Topic: Presidential Recordings
Source: Mini-disk Recording
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
7,210
0
1
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
6,658
5
1
Address at Rice University on Space Effort. Rice University Stadium, Houston, TX.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
5,614
1
1
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording. Tape 1 of July 1966.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
5,073
0
1
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
4,978
2
1
John F. Kennedy secret White House recording. Tape 12. Conversation between Kennedy and General Douglas MacArthur.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon
4,744
2
2
Republican candidate, Vice President Richard M. Nixon, and Democratic candidate, Senator John F. Kennedy hold their first debate on the topic of domestic policy. The candidates answer, or comment upon answers to questions put by a panel of correspondents from the major news networks.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Debates
Source: The John F. Kennedy Library
Presidential Recordings
by Dwight D. Eisenhower
4,687
4
2
Dwight D. Eisenhower speech, January 20, 1953. Inaugural Address.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Source: Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by Dwight D. Eisenhower
4,601
3
1
Dwight D. Eisenhower speech, April 16, 1953. "Chance for Peace" speech before the American Society for Newspaper Editors.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Source: Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
4,046
0
1
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon
3,911
1
2
Republican candidate, Vice President Richard M. Nixon, and Democratic candidate, Senator John F. Kennedy hold their third debate. The candidates answer, or comment upon answers to questions put by a panel of correspondents. For this debate John F. Kennedy was in New York and Richard M. Nixon was in Los Angeles, the correspondants were in a third studio.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Debates
Source: The John F. Kennedy Library
Presidential Recordings
by The White House
3,903
1
1
Audio of President George W. Bush's 2005 State of the Union Address.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Speeches
Source: C-SPAN
Presidential Recordings
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
3,897
1
0
Franklin D. Roosevelt Recordings
Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
3,802
2
2
Remarks at Amherst College.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
3,781
4
2
Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. Rice Hotel, Houston, Texas. Discusses religious freedom, specifically Kennedy's Catholicism.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by George W. Bush, John Kerry and Bob Schieffer
3,671
1
1
The final of three 2004 US Presidential Debates. Topics focused on Domestic Policy. This debate was moderated by Bob Schieffer (CBS News) and took place at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry participated in this debate.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Debates
Source: CSPAN
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
3,612
1
1
John F. Kennedy secret White House recording. Tape 15A. Topics China and Cuba.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by George W. Bush, John Kerry and Jim Lehrer
3,335
0
0
The first of three 2004 US Presidential Debates. Topics focused on Foreign Policy and Homeland Security. This debate was moderated by Jim Lehrer (Anchor and Executive Editor, The NewsHour on PBS) and took place at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry participated in this debate.
Topics: Presidential Recordings, Debates
Source: CSPAN
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon
3,312
1
1
Republican candidate, Vice President Richard M. Nixon, and Democratic candidate, Senator John F. Kennedy hold their fourth and final debate on the topic of foreign policy. The candidates answer, or comment upon answers to questions put by a panel of correspondents from the major news networks. Each answer was limited to 2 1/2 minutes. Each rebuttal to 1 1/2 minutes.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Debates
Source: The John F. Kennedy Library
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
3,141
0
1
John F. Kennedy Dictabelt Recording. Please refer to the John F. Kennedy Dictabelt finding aid for more information.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
3,134
2
1
Address Accepting the Democratic Party Nomination for the Presidency. Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by George W. Bush, John Kerry
2,965
0
4
The second of three 2004 US Presidential Debates. Questions were submitted and read by a group of voters determined by the Gallup organization. This debate was moderated by Charles Gibson (ABC News Anchor) and took place at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry participated in this debate.
( 4 reviews )
Topic: Debates
Source: CSPAN
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon
2,777
2
1
Republican candidate, Vice President Richard M. Nixon, and Democratic candidate, Senator John F. Kennedy hold their second debate. The candidates answer, or comment upon answers to questions put by a panel of correspondents: Paul Niven of CBS. Edward P. Morgan of ABC. Alvin Spivak of United Press International, and Harold R. Levy of Newsday.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Debates
Source: The John F. Kennedy Library
Presidential Recordings
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
2,771
0
2
Roosevelt receives a group of citizens expressing their support for additional aid to Great Britain in its struggle against Germany.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by Dwight D. Eisenhower
2,631
3
1
Dwight D. Eisenhower Speech, December 8, 1953. "Atoms for Peace" speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Source: Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
2,602
0
1
John F. Kennedy Dictabelt Recording. Please refer to the John F. Kennedy Dictabelt finding aid for more information.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by The White House
2,455
0
0
Audio of President Bill Clinton's 2000 State of the Union Address.
Topic: State of the Union Addresses
Source: Public Broadcasting System
Presidential Recordings
by Dwight D. Eisenhower
2,453
1
1
Dwight D. Eisenhower speech, January 5, 1957. "The Eisenhower Doctrine" a special message to Congress on the situation in the Middle East.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Source: Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
2,161
0
1
Franklin D. Roosevelt Press Conference
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by The White House
2,087
1
2
Audio of President George W. Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address.
( 2 reviews )
Topics: Presidential Recordings, State of the Union Addresses
Source: The White House
Presidential Recordings
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
2,006
0
1
Franklin D. Roosevelt Office Conversation. We have reason to believe that this conversation is a continuation of the coversation above with A. Philip Randolph. Most of the recording consists of Roosevelt and Frank Knox discussing the issue of African-Americans in the Navy. We believe Randolph can be heard briefly during the discussion.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
1,959
1
3
Address in Seattle at the University of Washington's 100th Anniversary Program. Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, WA.
( 3 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
1,927
2
1
City Upon a Hill Speech. Address before the Massachusetts General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
1,911
0
3
Remarks by President George W. Bush on the Loss of Space Shuttle Columbia.
( 3 reviews )
Topics: Presidential Recordings, On the Occasion of National Events
Source: The White House
Presidential Recordings
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
1,885
0
2
Franklin D. Roosevelt Press Conference. The press enters the Oval Office around the 4:20 point. The recording before this point is office conversation before the press conference. The press conference ends at the 15:55 point in the recording. The remainder of the recording is office conversation following the press conference. In this office conversation, Roosevelt discusses the growing foreign policy conflict with Japan.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
1,830
0
1
Franklin D. Roosevelt Office Conversation
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
1,777
1
1
Address to the American People on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Oval Office, Washington, DC.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by The White House
1,704
0
1
Audio of President George W. Bush's 2002 State of the Union Address.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: State of the Union Addresses
Source: Public Broadcasting System
Presidential Recordings
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
1,698
0
1
Franklin D. Roosevelt Office Conversation
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
1,662
0
1
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording. Tape 1 from April 1966.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by Richard B. Cheney, John Edwards and Gwen Ifill
1,595
0
1
The only 2004 US Vice Presidential Debate. Topics covered both Foreign and Domestic Policy. This debate was moderated by Gwen Ifill (Host, Washington Week on PBS) and took place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Candidates Richard B. Cheney and John Edwards participated in this debate.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Debates
Source: CSPAN
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
1,584
0
0
John F. Kennedy secret White House recording. Tape 8. Topics include the USSR, China, Haiti, and Berlin.
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by The White House
1,560
0
0
Audio of President George W. Bush's 2004 State of the Union Address. This version is complete with all applause breaks.
Topic: State of the Union Addresses
Source: C-SPAN
Presidential Recordings
by Lyndon B. Johnson
1,541
0
1
Lyndon B. Johnson secret White House recording. Tape 4 of June 1966.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Lyndon B. Johnson
Source: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by The White House
1,495
0
0
Audio of President George W. Bush's 2004 State of the Union Address. This version has all applause breaks edited out.
Topic: State of the Union Addresses
Source: C-SPAN
Presidential Recordings
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
1,488
0
2
Franklin D. Roosevelt Press Conference
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by John F. Kennedy
1,484
1
2
Commencement Address at Yale University. New Haven, CT.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: John F. Kennedy
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by Dwight D. Eisenhower
1,450
0
1
Dwight D. Eisenhower speech, August 8, 1956. Acceptance of Republican nomination for President at the COW Palace, San Francisco, California.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Source: Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. Digital copy from the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Presidential Recordings
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
1,337
0
1
Franklin D. Roosevelt Office Conversation. Meeting between Roosevelt and various congressional leaders. Topics include the axis powers and the upcoming presidential election between Roosevelt and Wendell Wilkie.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Presidential Recordings
by Franklin D. Roosevelt
1,300
0
1
Franklin D. Roosevelt Press Conference
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library